Mike Weatherley (Hove, Conservative)
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department has considered the merits of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing obligations in respect of procurement policy Action Note 3/11, issued on 31 January 2011.
Francis Maude (The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General; Horsham, Conservative)
The Government require that their ICT should be built on open standards, wherever possible, to improve competition and avoid lock-in to a particular technology or supplier.
Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) specifications may present some difficulties for the open source software development model in terms of patents and royalties. To deliver a level playing field for both open source and proprietary software, open standards are needed.